Power For Life Now, November Newsletter

Jeannine and I enjoyed a wonderful evening for the kickoff of a new year of Tap Into Transformation on November 1st. We instituted new rituals and activities to deepen and expand the experience of the evening that were well received. We are looking forward to a new year of growth and fun in a creative community.

I went to Atlanta recently to celebrate my mother’s birthday. We had a grand time together reminiscing about our family, especially when all us kids lived at home. We talked about our family trips, marveled at the speed of years gone by, and about how grateful we are for the blessings in our lives. Some great treasures I brought back with me were recipes for some of my favorite dishes I was raised on. I am especially excited about the cornbread. The way mom makes it, I have never seen from anyone else. I can’t wait to see if I can even get close to anything like hers.

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David, Vanessa (sister), Mrs. Borders, Mom (Annie Ruth Sharp)

Also, since she isn’t computer savvy just yet… I was able to show her my website, and the part she plays in some of the content on my blogs, that being the inspiration for Annie Ruth’s Truths. She enjoyed knowing that some of her wit has made it to the “small screen.” As the two of us spent much time conversing, I became conscious of her continued youthful energy, no matter how many years has passed.

That, I believe is a choice.

To stay interested in life and curious about it says something about your deeper reserves of spirit. Mom lost her husband, my dad in 2004, but she has maintained a zest for living despite the loss after 50 years of marriage. I am constantly inspired by her choice, even through the times she experiences challenges with her body.

But then!

We went to visit one of her best friends, who is 96 years young! This amazing woman, living in a nursing facility had us laughing so hard we were crying. She was funny, witty, dressed in up to date fashions, and knew everything that was going on in the building, her family and the world. She even spontaneously asked about my wife and said to tell her hello. I hope I can be so funny, witty and concerned about others if and when I reach my 9th decade of life.

There is so much to be thankful for. One thanks I will leave you with is that my Trademark application for Sharpettes has been accepted and approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This means I can market my unique creations as a branded item called “Sharpettes.”

May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving… and may we all remember that it is the THANKS that is important. The 14th century theologian, Meister Eckhart said that if the only prayer we prayed was to say, “Thank you”… for everything that happens to us or that we experience in life… that would be praise enough.

May you have power for life, now!
David

Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, November

I began creating what I call Sharpettes over 30 years ago. As a speaker and writer they became my own way of sharpening my understanding of the meaning, power, and energy of a single word. I am sharing them publicly now in hopes that you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

The first line is the word.
The second line defines or describes the word twice, 4 syllables for each attempt. You may place a comma or semi-colon between each attempt. So, the second line has a total of 8 syllables.
The third line is a simile. It always begins with the word “Like”, and paints a picture of the word in 10 or 11 syllables.

On some Sharpettes the 4th or 5th syllable of the third line will rhyme with the word on the first line itself. This can yield another insight into the word chosen, and provides a unique and fun poetic challenge.

Enjoy!
David

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Dawn
First light of day; dark night’s repent
Like hope resurrected from despair’s grave.

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Annie Ruth’s Truths are my renderings of folk wisdom and country common sense, gained from a lifetime of listening to my mom, who has a unique way with words, as well as a witty, joyous and playful attitude to go with it! Always fun or sassy, they tell the truth and can make you laugh, shake your head and go “Hmph!” or even make you shout, “Whaaat?”

Annie Ruth & David

Annie Ruth & David


Everyday is a good day
… even if it’s a bad one. At least you’re still alive to try to make it better.

 

 

New Beginnings

The Chinese word for “crisis” is the same word for “opportunity.” They somehow understood that within a traumatic event there is a new beginning an opportunity to start afresh. Call it two sides of the same coin, or taking the good with the bad, but they put this understanding right into the language itself – in a single word!

opportunities sign

The floods of September 2013 here in Colorado were a crisis for our community and the aftermath is long-term and challenging as people repair damage, clean up and deal with the intense emotions that this disaster has brought up. Still, there are two sides to the coin, as it were, of life. Every event, whether we deem it good or not has at least two ways to go. To dwell on the “what happened” is normal, but it can be just as normal and healthy to be curious and interested in the “opportunity” that the event presents. It certainly doesn’t mean that it is easy to look at opportunity when you are in crisis or have just been dealt a blow in life, but it does mean that there is a built in opening not to get stuck in what has happened.

The length of time that you may spend grieving, bemoaning or just dealing with the pragmatics of getting back to normal after an unfortunate happening is not really important. Everyone needs to be allowed to spend whatever time is needed in grieving, which is really honoring. But life is designed in such a way that when you are ready, it (that being life) is more than ready to usher you into a new opportunity. You may not even want it. You may resent it. But it is there nonetheless.

Why? Because we are loved by that which created the very universe we live in. And because of this love we are presented, by the Source of all blessing, with the opportunity to receive the resources that we need to get through the tough time – to usher us into our new beginnings. There is blessing to be had if we have faith enough to even look for them. A spiritual teacher from my youth said to us once, “God made you who you are, but you have to find the blessing in it for yourself.”

And so it is with those occurrences that bring us to new beginnings.

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What is your new beginning?

Whatever it may be God is always at the beginning. It is the first written scripture in the Christian Bible, “In the beginning, God.”

It is actually the first thing I tap danced to when I yelled out to God, “What are you going to do with my tap dancing if I am not going to be an entertainer?” I literally heard this response in my head. “Tap dance to Scripture.” I thought it was crazy, but I got the Bible anyway and felt guided to look at the first line. And the rest, as they say, is history. And now it is my-story – one of a new beginning – which has ushered me into a new expression of my work in the world, as seen in a now year long event that my wife and I host called Tap Into Transformation.

God, Divinity, is always both the most ancient thing in the universe, and so has much wisdom to give; and it is also the most youthful, always there in the birth of a new beginning filling us with wonder, awe, and excitement if we are open enough to it. New beginnings are an opportunity for us to go where we have not gone before. It is an adventure in trust. It is a journeying forth into the unknown, into the mystery. It demands faith, trust, hope and a willingness to see what there is to see, a willingness to claim the blessing, even before we see it.

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That is faith, to believe that what is happening is of the most positive benefit for our spiritual growth on the journey of life. It is a long-term view.

God is always at the beginning and if we can remember that God is with us we can take the Divine into the pain, into the joy, into the mystery, into the hope, into the challenge.

Sometimes we can forget this when we are afraid or not sure or can’t see around the corner.

What is your new beginning?

Whatever new beginnings you are embarking on I extend my love and support to you and commend my faith in the One who keeps us from falling. May it be so!

May you have Power For Life Now!
David